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Westerly Hospital medical laboratory earns 2-year reaccreditation from national organization

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

WESTERLY, RI (Jan. 4, 2023) - The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded re-accreditation to Westerly Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection of the hospital’s medical laboratory as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.

Westerly Hospital’s medical laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. Re-accreditation occurs every two years and provides assurance to patients that the hospital’s labs meet or exceed the CAP standards.

"CAP accreditation is a reflection of laboratory excellence and sets Westerly Hospital apart in its pursuit of excellence," said Victoria Reyes, MD, chair of Pathology at Westerly Hospital. “Our clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory provides timely, quality and accurate test results that are important to patients and physicians and inform clinical decision-making.”

Westerly Hospital’s clinical laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and information management technology and employ a skilled and highly qualified team of managers, medical technologists, technicians and phlebotomists.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government's own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private.